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OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Switzerland 2019

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

This review assesses the performance of Switzerland including its strategic support to multilateralism in order to tackle global goods and challenges, its comprehensive vision for development and partnerships and the current pressure on development and humanitarian programmes.

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Switzerland’s structure and systems

This chapter reviews Switzerland’s organisational structures and management systems for its development co-operation and the extent to which they are fit for purpose, with appropriate capabilities to deliver on its development objectives.Three institutions share responsibility for implementing the Dispatch on International Co‑operation. Strong co-ordination among these institutions, and with other parts of the administration, has resulted in a substantive whole-of-government approach. However, there is room to move from co-ordination to collaboration in areas where at least two institutions share similar priorities.Switzerland has strong mechanisms to assure the quality of its programme and manage risk strategically. Flexible processes, formal and informal incentives to innovate and a culture open to manage risk strategically led Switzerland to engage innovative projects, partnerships and funding mechanisms.Experienced staff are one of the strengths of Switzerland’s development co-operation. The challenges in designing a medium‑term plan for future expertise needs might weaken this asset.

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